I am not sure where to start....I guess just come out with it....I have been diagnosed with Hepatitis C....It is devastating...I am a 50 almost 51 year old female, that in the early 70's messed with drugs....for about 2 years....It is a past that I don't really want to even think about....But, that is probably where I got it....I have Googled the net for days, and man, I am soooo depressed about all this....What took me to the doc, was my stomach has been bloated, but I was passing that off to the middle age spread cause I stopped the monthlys last march...I just had back surgery (and it went very well) about 7 weeks ago....boy did the bellie bloat after that.....I mentioned it to the back doc, and he said to mention it to my reg doc.....I was like sure, I go in and tell him that my bellie hurts sometimes, and it's bloated and another thing that I notice since last summer was I think I have this odor.....It's so hard to explain, but I swear it reminded me of maybe something hormonal or something...hard to pin...I was doing the hot flashes last year then is when that started...I was like, shoot this change of life stuff with hormones is icky....LOL....then I had my back surgery, and it got worse....I was telling a girlfriend...and she was like, just go with your gut feelings, and go back to the doc...so I did...He took blood, and my liver enzymes were high, so then he checked it with other tests and it came back Hep C.....I was in shock....Now I just had the CT of my liver, bladder, and spleen.....more blood work, and go to a specialist next month. The specialist's nurse called and when I was talking to her, she know what I was talking about with the odor. She said that is when the liver isn't working properly....Just great.....From what I have found on the net, this is the new emerging epidemic.It bids its time, causing no symptoms for decades. They also say that about 3 times as many people are carrying hep C virus as are infected with HIV. I have told no one in the family.....not my parents or anyone around here...YET, till I find out just exactly where I stand with it...The treatment is very hard on one, not to mention the cancer, or liver failure that can occur.....Does anyone here know of anyone who took the treatments? I guess I am just venting....Boy, nothing like the old saying that your past catches up with you.....There is such a stigma with this one, too....News Weeks had an article on it this month even.....I have a feeling I will have a very long road to tow here shortly....
I thank you for listening...I know that Naomi Judd had this, and did get cured....I have to have faith, and right now, I am not dealing with this news well....but once I find out just were I am with it to be exact, and get going on treatment of some kind, I will be fighting....
Here is a link that might be useful: News Week Article